Beliefs

Two Reasons You May Not Feel You Deserve Happiness

When all the psychological smoke is clear, there remain only a couple of reasons why many of us feel undeserving of happiness.

1. You've been treated poorly by others in the past (including your parents). Because of this poor treatment, you concluded that you do not deserve to be treated well. Additionally, you do not treat yourself well, which leads to unhappiness.

2. You've violated your own moral values and hurt others...
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7 Things Emotionally Healthy People Do

If what you're doing isn't working, look to others for a better example.
-Anonymous


How happy are you with your emotional health? If you could stand to function better emotionally, look to what emotionally healthy people tend to do. Use this list as a resource to highlight areas to focus on in your own life.

According to experts around the web, emotionally health people tend to do the following:
1. They are capable of understanding and expressing their...
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Beliefs

If I Speak Up, Bad Things Will Happen

There you are in conversation, holding back.

Of course you see the opportunities to share your opinions, ask questions and be heard. But what if you do speak up and someone gets offended? What if they ignore you? Worse, what if you make a total fool of yourself?

Keep quiet. That's the safest route.

Now, the safe route has problems of it's own. For one, you end up agreeing by default with things that you really don't...
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General

Reject Yourself First (Before Everyone Else Does)

For those of us prone to feelings of rejection, this is a common scenario.

I'd rather consider myself a failure, unworthy, and feel rejected up front, before taking any social risks, because I know I will ultimately be rejected anyway.

This line of thinking and feeling often prevents us from making efforts toward success. Why try if we already know how horrible it will be when we fail and feel humiliated? It's a mental and emotional trap...
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How Mindfulness Helps Control Cravings

Research has reveled that by learning to appreciate the joys of everyday life, prescription addicts can ease their cravings.

This discovery was made by the associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, Eric L. Garland, in a study published in The Journal of Behavioral Medicine. There, he studied how Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) affected patients who were addicted to prescription drugs.

By receiving guidance in strengthening positive emotions through implementing mindfulness-oriented techniques,...
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Research Explores Meditation As Pain Therapy

Including migraines and mild cognitive impairment, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are looking into the effectiveness of meditation and its ability to reduce pain.

The study started because Rebecca Erwin of the University of North Carolina was made to do yoga and meditation with her fellow rowers. After noticing an improvement in focus and flexibility, she began to dig a little deeper into research.

The first study brought together adults ages 55 to 90 with...
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5 Minerals that Fight Depression

You are what you eat, and this principle applies to your mood.

If you feed your body what it needs to survive, it can sustain a much happier outlook than when it’s continually craving something it’s not getting. If you tend to feel depressed, you may want to discuss with your healthcare practitioner the research behind the following five minerals.
1. Chromium
As a trace mineral, chromium is really only needed in small amounts, however if...
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Co-Dependency

Three Simple Steps to Melt your Worries

It's easy to dismiss a worrier. Oh, stop worrying so much. Nothing bad is happening.

What we miss when we give this banal advice is this: Worrying is extremely uncomfortable. To the one with the worries, stopping would be a welcome relief! Besides, most of the time a worrier already knows, logically, that there is often nothing to worry about.

To stop irrational worry, it might be helpful to redirect your attention in the following way.
Get grounded...
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4 Scientific Studies that Show Music Decreasing Stress and Promoting Healing

Music therapy is becoming increasingly popular in the medical community, and is being used as an important part of palliative care, Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment, and even in the NICU.

This is because music has been proven time and time again to have a beneficial effect on both the body and the mind. In the five scientific studies listed below, music has been shown not only to reduce psychological stress, but to promote healing as well.
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6 Effects of Long-Term Stress on Your Body

Everyone experiences stress at various points in life. In fact, having some stress is healthy for both your body and mind.

However, prolonged stress can be harmful to both your mental and physical health.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, stress can be both external (caused by pain, exposure to heat or cold, or the psychological environment) or internal (caused by illness, injury, or internal psychological factors).
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